Pastor Mark Jeske
Know what a meme is? It’s a belief or philosophy that gains acceptance rapidly horizontally, peer to peer, usually through social media, rather than through formal education. One that everybody younger than 30 knows is “YOLO,” i.e., “You only live once.” It is a standard excuse for doing something lame or stupid, like having your fourth shot of Jack in an hour or taking a total stranger to your apartment, the rationalization being that life is short and you have only a very limited time to do exciting and risky things.
One of the great benefits of believing the Christian gospel is being relieved of the terrible pressure that you have to get it all now before the final gong goes off. Life on earth is indeed short, uncertain, full of trouble, and hard, but life in heaven is endless, secure, amazing, and fulfilling. Just before a great persecution of Christians broke out in Rome, Paul wrote these words of encouragement and comfort: “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18).
What that means is that you can say no to Satan’s temptations and not feel cheated. It means that whatever you have forgone or sacrificed for Jesus will be repaid many times over. It means that in heaven God will finally make all things right.
YOLO YGTLT—“You get to live twice.”
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